Freshman Rick Barros III swerves around Victory Christian's defense and prepares to shoot a basket in the semifinal win, Feb. 27. Barros scored 22 points in the game, coming in second to high-scorer B.J. Askew, who had 26.

Despite vocal cheerleaders, Cav boys stick it to Victory Christian in semifinals, 85-71

Led by 11 cheerleaders waving pompoms, the Victory Christian crowd was raucous at the semifinal playoff game against the Cavs.

However, their chants of “I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN” did not work.

The Cavs beat Victory Christian, 85-71, at home on Friday, Feb. 27.

“The crowd was nuts,” assistant coach Gary Brisco said.

Coach Dave Ancrum agreed.

“I haven’t seen (a crowd) like that before,” he said.

“It was beautiful.”

The boys lost the ball a few times due to bad ball handling. However, they were able to steal the ball from Victory Christian time and time again, which made the crowd forget about their mistakes.

“We were reading (Victory Christian’s) plays very hard,” freshman B.J. Askew said.

Because of the Cavs’ ability to react quickly on the court, Ancrum could give the team a little leeway.

“(The boys) were in a flow, so I had to live with some of the mistakes they were making,” he said.

For example, freshman Cole Johnson fouled out of the game with about three minutes left in the fourth quarter.

“It could’ve been a mistake that ended our season, but because we were winning, it wasn’t too bad,” Johnson said.

Askew was the high scorer with 26 points and two 3-pointers. Barros scored 22 points and one 3-pointer. Johnson scored 18 and freshman Jayce McCain scored 13.

Before the championship game against Valley Christian, Ancrum is going to drill the boys on ball handling and spacing on the court.

Freshman Rick Barros III is looking forward to that game.

“There’s a steak out there, and we gotta get it,” he said.

The game will be at Galt High School on Thursday, March 5, at 8 p.m.

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